Alternate Title Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin / The Promised Land
Premiere World Premiere
Country of Origin United States
Description One of Bill T. Jones’s defining pieces, Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land received its world premiere during the 1990 Next Wave Festival. With a Bessie winning soundtrack performed by the Julius Hemphill Sextet, Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a multifaceted work. It is a searing meditation on race, sexuality, and gender, as well as a lament for the loss of Jones’s partner, Arnie Zane, who died of AIDS in 1988. By making the personal political, Jones was one of the key artistic voices who forced American audiences to rethink the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s.